BOSTON (AP) — A former Patrick administration adviser has been named chairman of a new commission charged with overseeing the state’s efforts to reduce health care costs.
David Seltz was confirmed Tuesday by the board of the Health Policy Commission.
The commission was created under a health care cost containment bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in August.
The law is intended to save Massachusetts up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years by encouraging the creation of ‘‘accountable care organizations’’ that take a more coordinated approach to medicine.
It’s also designed to give residents better access to their medical records and cut down on unnecessary testing.
Senate President Therese Murray praised the confirmation of Seltz, a former Murray aide, calling him ‘‘an invaluable expert in the areas of health care reform.’’